Advice for people in areas of elevated fire danger include:
- Avoid bush fire prone areas. A safer area may be a large town or city, shopping centres or facilities well away from bushland areas.
- Schools in identified high risk areas will be closed. Schools will notify affected students. Start making arrangements now.
- If you are unable to leave, identify a safe location which may be nearby. This may include a Neighbourhood Safer Place.
- Monitor air quality and reduce exposure to smoke from bushfires by remaining indoors and limiting vigorous exercise.
In the case of an emergency, call 000.
Over one third of Hornsby Shire residents live close to bushland reserves and National Parks. There are many actions that can be undertaken at the personal level to contribute to bushfire preparation and management. Make sure you have a Bushfire Survival Plan and know what to do in the event of a bushfire near you.
NSW Rural Fire Service
The NSW Rural Fire Service provide fire and emergency services including hazard reduction burns and bushfire survival management plans.
Fires Near Me: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me
Phone: 1800 679 737
Neighbourhood Safer Places: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/neighbourhood-safer-places
Hornsby Rural Fire Service Control Centre
Address: 1049 Pacific Highway, Cowan
Phone: (02) 9883 2000 during business hours
Fire and Rescue
Fire & Rescue NSW provides urban fire and rescue services in NSW.
Flood and Storm Damage
State Emergency Services
Address: 33 Sefton Road, Thornleigh. NSW
Phone: 132 500
AusGrid provides electricity to the vast majority of Hornsby Shire Residents. You can check whether you are within AusGrid's supply network by entering your postcode into AusGrid's Network Area Check form.
Phone: 13 13 88
Services and Information
Emergency Alert is the national telephone warning system used by emergency services to send voice messages to landlines and text messages to mobile phones within a defined area about likely or actual emergencies.
Visit www.emergencyalert.gov.au for more information.
Fires Near Me App
Stay up to date with emergency warnings and incident information by downloading the Fires Near Me app. This app provides information on incidents across NSW attended by the NSW RFS and other agencies.
Bureau of Meteorology
Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for weather information and warnings prior to engaging in outdoor activities such as bushwalking, swimming and boating.
Visit www.bom.gov.au for more information.
NSW Office of Emergency Management
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) leads, coordinates and develops capability in the emergency management sector and conducts state-wide welfare and recovery operations when disaster strikes.
Visit www.emergency.nsw.gov.au for more information.
How to help our emergency services and those affected by bush fires
Many people are seeking to support those affected by the ongoing bushfire emergency, particularly through donations, and are eager to ensure they help those most in need.